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Abdulla Yameen elected President of Maldives

Saturday, November 16, 2013 - 00:37

Nov. 16 - Abdulla Yameen won the Maldives presidential election run-off, narrowly defeating the favorite Mohamed Nasheed in a ballot that voters hoped would end two years of political turmoil. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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The Maldives elects Abdulla Yameen as president. He narrowly defeated the favorite, Mohamed Nasheed -- the Maldives' first democratically elected president in 2008, who was forced to resign early last year in what he said was a coup. During a bitter campaign, Yameen and his backers accused Nasheed and his Party of being too secular and close to the West. After the ballot, Yameen addressed hundreds of supporters. SOUNDBITE: Presidential Election Winner Abdulla Yameen, The Leader Of The Progressive Party Of Maldives Saying: "The first focus of our coalition government is growing the economy, stabilise the Maldivian rupiah vis-a-vis the dollar and also to create opportunities for the youth."

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Abdulla Yameen elected President of Maldives

Saturday, November 16, 2013 - 00:37